Michael Avenatti arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Hannah Rogers
November 15, 2018

According to multiple news sources the attorney was taken into police custody on Wednesday following an allegation of felony domestic violence by an unknown woman. He has NEVER been abusive to me or anyone else. He added he's looking forward to the investigation and is confident he'll be "fully exonerated." .

TMZ reports the woman ran out of the building, screaming into her phone, "I can't believe you did this to me".

Avenatti, who has represented a variety of odd characters in disputes with prominent conservatives-including Stormy Daniels and Julie Swetnick-is divorced.

According to TMZ, the lawyer is behind bars for domestic violence.

Investigators told TMZ that Avenatti kicked the woman out of his apartment on Tuesday, which was when the alleged incident took place.

"I have been an advocate for women's rights my entire career and I'm going to continue to be an advocate".

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Avenatti remained in custody Wednesday afternoon and a call and text message seeking comment weren't immediately returned.

TMZ initially reported that Avenatti was arrested after his "estranged wife" filed a felony domestic violence report, but later amended its story after his ex-wife Lisa Storie Avenatti said through a lawyer that the assertion was not true.

Police responded Tuesday to a report of domestic violence and he remains in police custody in Los Angeles.

TMZ then changed their report to simply read that an unidentified woman made the report against Avenatti. For months, he has publicly flirted with a potential bid for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.

But Avenatti slammed the allegation as "completely bogus" and "fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation" in a statement released by his law firm. Her real name is Stephanie Clifford.

But her lawsuit was put into jeopardy when both Trump and Cohen declared that they would not seek to enforce the non-disclosure agreement.

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